Mardi Gras Spotlight

Metairie Hot Spots for Mardi Gras

Metairie Hot Spots for Mardi Gras 1. Clearview Mall 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 504.885.0202 clearviewmall.com 2. Houston's 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 504.899.2301 3. Acropolis Cuisine 3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 504.888.9046 4. Lager's International Ale House 3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 504.887.9923…

New Orleans Hot Spots for Mardi Gras

New Orleans Hot Spots for Mardi Gras 1. Fleur D'Orleans 3701 A Magazine Street 504.899.5585 fleurdorleans.com Come to Fleur D'Orleans for a one-of-a-kind art and architectural inspired jewelry. Wear the beautiful memory of your city. 2. Superior Grill 3636 St.…

Fleur de List

Day Parades 1. Rex. “Lore of the Ancient Americas” is this year’s Rex theme. Providing something that’s totally fresh in parade themes, the tableau will speak of native mythology, legends and images. The krewe works hard at developing an original…

Mardi Gras: My Personal Tour

Every Mardi Gras I walk from Canal Street to Frenchmen Street and then back again. That seems sane enough, except that I make the round trip, with deviations to Bourbon Street and Jackson Square, maybe four times that day. I…

Streetcar: Iris, Endymion and the Rain

Only one person was standing at Gallier Hall when the Iris parade rolled by on the Saturday before Mardi Gras last year. The man would get drenched, first with the rain that was playing havoc with the day and then…

Creating a Costume: The adventure

For all of my admiration of the Carnival season, I’m not a very good costumer. In fact, I’m rather pathetic at it. I am so helpless that a friend, Jolie, who’s a seasoned costume-maker, offered to help me for this…

Read & Spin

CD  Kelcy Mae (real name Kelcy D. Wilburn) has just released her second full-length album, Pennies in Hand. Wilburn’s lilting vocals set against soulful – sometimes mournful – instrumentation, replete with jaunty banjo and ukulele, synthesize a charming aural canvas, blending components…

Mardi Gras Rhythms

There are two different strands to the music of Carnival in Louisiana - both can get you moving

Carnival in New Orleans

Pictured here are members of the Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans. If it is true that blondes have more fun, what can be assumed, from this picture, about people whose hair is pink…

Masquerade

As our carriage approached the building that houses the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu in Lake Charles, a group of masked revelers was waiting in the parking lot. When the mule stopped, the revelers approached us and began tossing…